Monday, October 27, 2014

I believe in the the American People


In the last few months I have seriously thought about my decision from 15 years ago on becoming an American citizen.  The judge who swore us in gave such a moving appeal to all the new nationals.  In all the years since I have always been proud to be an American.  Did I make a mistake by becoming a citizen of the United States?  I don’t like the way our country is run right now, with all the wars against this, that and the other.  All the threads and fears which are emanating from our government; what happened to the land of the free, the home of the brave? 

What does it mean to be an American citizen?
In the classes I had to take to qualify for citizenship I learned about the Constitution.  It is one of the requirements to show that you are attached to the principles of the Constitution  of the United States. 

It was the founding fathers ideas and especially the conviction of Thomas Jeffersonthe writer of the Declaration of Independence, to keep religion and state affairs separated.  In the past that has worked really well, that legal residents could follow their own religious beliefs without infringing on their neighbors. 

The constitution also gave us the rights to voice our opinions without being harassed by anyone including authorities. It seems contradictory that new citizens have to swear to uphold the constitution when our own government is not following the same rules.


"A Time for Choosing" by Ronald Reagan 60 years ago 10-27-64

We have to know our history
When I was in school, I never liked history.  Maybe it was the way it was presented, too dry and lifeless.  Someone once said we need to know our history to know our future.  History runs in cycles, and when we can see those repetitions it should surely open our eyes.  But do we really learn from history?

History never made much sense to me until I studied the History of the Providence of Restoration (HPR) which is taught by the late Reverend Sun Myung Moon in the Divine Principle.  The HPR starts with biblical accounts of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and their families, and goes through three parallel periods of repeating similar events and brings us to today, the time of the returning Messiah.
 

 
We have to know who we are
“Know Thyself” is an age-old maxim.  When we know who we are we know what to do.  Our god-centered conscience will be our guide.

Too many people today have been lulled into an hypnotic trance giving them free money, free cell phones, free health insurance, etc. for doing nothing.  Uncle Sam’s promises come with a high price: giving up self-reliance, character, and traditional family values.  Excellence has been replaced by mediocrity, dreams have been shattered by false promises.  

I like how Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, gave an interesting insight in 1972 about believing in people.  He suggested to target people’s ideal potential to live a more meaningful life.  Aren’t we all looking for more meaning in our life?  If Victor Frankl, who describes his experiences of his life in a concentration camp in his book “Man’s Search for Meaning,”  can believe in the goodness and righteousness of people, we can also find meaning in believing in the higher potential of human beings. 

“The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.”
~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797) Irish Statesman and Philosopher
 
As a citizen I will vote next Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  It is my right and my privilege to cast my vote.  I believe that the system is not going to betray my vote through mechanical failure or will-full manipulation, and if there was found such, I trust that it will be rectified by the people who have built this nation as a free country where every vote is counted in its rightful way.  Democracy means that we have choices protected by the law. 

I want to encourage all good citizens of this great country to go vote this coming November 4th.  


 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oh, That was Awesome!


On a beautiful fall day, our family went to Cocoa Beach in Florida.  It was about 85 degrees and a perfect occasion to enjoy the calm and consistent waves at the beach.  The water was shallow enough to walk out past the breakers, and many people enjoyed their attempts at surfing the waves.

I love swimming and marched right into the surf.  While I was jumping over and into the waves I thought about how waves develop.

Waves on the beach area are caused by open water waves coming in contact with the bottom as they approach the shore. This causes the waves to rise up until they become a breaker, when the top of the wave falls over itself. The bottom of the wave is dragged by the bottom and also by the undertow of water returning from the beach to open water, while the top of the water keeps moving forward, causing the breaker to curl over itself.
~ Source: The beach

Some waves were higher than others but all of them were a powerful force, and I could feel the back wash under my feet which sometimes was so strong that I lost my balance.  One swell was very high, and I could not jump over it; it completely took me off my feet, and I got swirled under.  I developed great respect for the force of the water and was in awe of the beauty as well as the energy which I received from my bathing experience.



After my invigorating experience I thought some more about how awesome the ocean is with its saltwater’s healing and cleansing effects.  Even getting my hair wet turned out beneficial because of all the minerals in the water; it increased the volume of my hair.  My nostrils felt cleaner, too; they got rinsed with the salt water.  Overall, swimming in the waves gave me a great workout; and I had a few hours visiting a ‘natural spa.’  Walking on the sand was a good massage to my feet.

Of all the experiences in Florida I appreciate going to the beach the most.  It was nice swimming at the resort and going to SeaWorld, but nothing beats swimming in the ocean.


 
 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Joy is a Choice


Joy is not a feeling; it is a decision. We become joyful by having someone or something respond to us in a positive way. Joy can only be created in relationship with another person, animal, or object.  Joy is a spiritual value which can only be tapped into when we are connected to the source. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit.  Joy is more than happiness.  Joy comes from inner contentment and delight.  It is an attitude which we can influence with our mind.  It is not dependent on external circumstances or a time frame.  We experience the greatest joy when we have our own children who resemble us.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
~ Galatians 5:22-23

From an energy point of view, joy is one of the highest frequencies.  In his book Power Vs. Force  David Hawkins (1913-2012) declares only peace and enlightenment as higher vibrations.

“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.”
~ David R. Hawkins



In the Divine Principle we learn:
“Let us first examine how joy is produced. Joy is not created by the individual alone. Joy comes when we have an object, whether invisible or visible, in which our own character and form are reflected and developed, thus enabling us to feel our own character and form through the stimulation derived from the object.

For example, man feels joy as a creator only when he has an object; that is, when he sees the product of his work, whether it be a painting or sculpture, in which his plan is substantiated. In this way, he is able to feel his own character and form objectively through the stimulation derived from the product of his work. When the idea itself remains in the objective position the stimulation derived from it is not substantial; therefore, the joy derived from it cannot be substantial either. God's joy is produced in the same manner as man's. Therefore, God feels joy when He feels His original character and form objectively through the stimulation derived from His substantial object.”
~ Divine Principle – Purpose of Creation – Sect. 3:2

How does all of this apply to our everyday life?
Joy, being our purpose, becomes a very desirable experience.  I find myself most joyful when I am grateful, content, compassioned and forgiving.  When I am in that state of mind I can easily relate to others, and the activities of the day flow in harmony.  It doesn’t bother me when my granddaughter throws a fit because she wants a cookie before lunch, the car in front of me pulls in my parking lot or that my husband has a different idea on what to eat for dinner.  I can tolerate my environment better, relate to my fellow man and every tasks gives me fulfillment.  I don’t need a certain response in order to be happy because I have the joy inside me, the higher frequency can absorb all kinds of lower vibes.

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
~ Nikola Tesla

How do we plug into this joy?
Be aware of your feelings, watch for negative repetitive emotions; transform them into great experiences
Be compassionate
Be creative: bake a cake, paint a picture, or sing a song
Be grateful
Be honest with yourself; live authentic with integrity
Be in awe, appreciate nature
Be inspired (read scriptures, pray, meditate)
Be joyful, laugh, be silly, have fun
Be open to new ideas, possibilities
Be patient, be silent; the answer will come

“Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, 'Did you bring joy?' The second was, 'Did you find joy?”
~ Leo Buscaglia



Create awareness, be mindful; pay attention to the present moment
Create belonging (family, friends, and community) be around people who love and respect each other
Create peace and calm for yourself
Create purpose and meaning for your life
Do things you love
Don’t criticize or judge
Face fears, avoid stress
Follow a dream, ideal: live your values

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
~ Psalm 118:24 

Get rid of old belief systems, check your core beliefs
Have positive attitude, be a good-finder
Imaging beautiful things
Let go of hurts and pain, don’t hold grudges; after the darkness there is always light
Listen to harmonious music
Listen to other’s stories, be understanding
Reach out, be kind to others

Because joy is so crucial to a happy life, some people have created the The Joy Project.
Amanda Gore, founder of the Joy Project sees joy as an iceberg - the largest part of the iceberg is the foundation on which joy is built - the tip is what you see!  The website gives many ideas on how to create joy and participate with others in the creation of it.

I am sure there are many more ways to create joy and add them to the above list.  I believe a key to finding joy in one’s life is to connect directly to the source of joy which is in God, the creator of it all.  Let’s spread the joy!

 

Monday, October 6, 2014

What’s the Name of God?

Name of God
Is it Abba, Almighty, Alpha and Omega, Allah, Brahma, Creator, Divine Power, Divine Presence, Elohim, I AM, Jehovah, Jesus, Lord, Master, Supreme Being, or Yahweh?  I guess, it mostly depends on our religious beliefs what we call the origin of the universe.  Some sources suggest that the "name of God represents his true nature and character".

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain."
~ Exodus 20:7

I call Her/Him: Heavenly Parent
Without going into any religious details I like to suggest: Heavenly Parent; that’s what I call my creator.  Have you ever thought about why you don’t call your parents by their first name?  Father, mother, dad and mom honor the position of the people who gave birth to us.  Through our lives here on earth we become part of a lineage and leave a legacy. Our parents love us, nurture us, guide us, comfort us, and feed us for the formative years of life.

What is the true Nature of God?
God is eternal, infinite, unchanging, omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.  Since is invisible, we can fathom His Deity by observing the universe.  St. Paul said:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
~ Roman 1:20

 
God's Dual Characteristics

What is God’s Character?
God is faithful, forgiving, good, gracious, jealous, just, holy, loving, merciful, patient, righteous, truthful, trusting and wise.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
~ 1 Corinthians 13

Throughout our lives we are to emulate those characteristics to achieve ultimate oneness with Them.  We spend a lifetime to make our parents proud of us; why not give praise and glory to our Heavenly Parent for the present of life. 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.”
~ Joan Rivers or Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, September 29, 2014

Know Thyself

Know thyself (Gnothi Seauton) - It was inscribed above the entrance of the Apollo temple in ancient Greece and the Delphic maxim.  People believed that the Oracle would tell them their future and would guide them to the truth for their life.  It has always been man’s desire to ‘know thyself.’  This knowing is not based on feelings or even thinking.  It is an awareness of how ‘to be thyself.’

“If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.”
~ Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), English Writer of Brave New World

Awareness
For all of us the question is: who am I?  Who we are does not depend on beliefs, on how we feel or what we think about.  Even education can only help us discover better how to perceive the inner world.  Who we are is inborn.  New Age teachers suggest that it is all about becoming the observer of our feelings and thoughts.  It is their idea of creating consciousness by becoming aware of one’s awareness, to become self-aware.  Self-awareness is not being identified with feelings, thoughts or external circumstances because we are just observers of them, like a radio positioned on a certain dial.  Self-awareness or mindfulness (Zen) creates a window into ‘beingness,’ the ultimate essence of reality. It takes us into the NOW; it also helps us to bring the unconscious into consciousness.

"Observe all men; thy self most."
~ Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American Founding Father

I learned of who I am from studying the Divine Principle Reverend Sun Myung Moon taught me that I am the child of God, the creator.  Living in harmony with that knowledge gives us joy.  It also lets us know, through our conscience, what we are to do; without it we are miserable.  Traditionally, people have been looking for a leader to follow.  By learning who we are, we discover the vision for our life (like a calling) and can become the pure channel of God’s love.  We also learn that God does not judge or punish us.  We rather do this to ourselves. 

"But I have no leisure for them at all; and the reason, my friend, is this: I am not yet able, as the Delphic inscription has it, to know myself; so it seems to me ridiculous, when I do not yet know that, to investigate irrelevant things."
~ Socrates

Talk to yourself
It all depends on how we talk to ourselves.  Positive affirmations help to keep a certain attitude and keep us aligned with the center. 

“I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with my own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”
~ Psalm 77:6

Communication with the Divine is available to all of us.  Jesus (Lord’s prayer Luke 11:1-13) taught us how to pray and other religious teachings have introduced us to meditation.  The Buddha who has been called the “Awakened One”  has demonstrated how to be mindful and present by listening to the silence within us.

Life is Fair
I always hear people say; life is not fair.  We all come into this world in different circumstance, countries and families.  Each of us has already a history though our ancestries.  The law of Karma works for everybody the same way.  Some of us have a heavier burden than others.  None-the-less, we are here on earth to learn certain lessons and to heal our past (or that of our ancestors).

Be a victor or a victim, that’s the question. Being in the realm of abundance or scarcity, it comes down to our choice.  We may not recognize it that way, but the truth that sets us free, declares:

“The Truth that sets you free is that you can experience in imagination what you desire to experience in reality, and by maintaining this experience in imagination, your desire will become an actuality.”
~ Neville Goddard (1905-1972), spiritual teacher à The Power of Awareness

Do we believe to be ‘little me’s’, nobody loves me, we have nothing to give or others take advantage of us? It all depends on how we see ourselves.  When we gain awareness of who we are we discover the source of abundance within us, a power of endless possibilities.  The fullness of life lies right before us when we approach it with gratitude and compassion.  Everyday situations become an endless spring of giving and contribution when we step away from ‘poor me.’


The Oracle (Know thyself) - The Matrix (1999, L. & A. Wachowski)

The Essence of Knowledge
Most of us identify ourselves with the content of our lives, knowing about our lives: what we perceive, experience, do, think, or feel; our goals, ambitions, and situations.  To know ourselves in essence is to be who we are without identification of the ego.  It is not what we know about ourselves but what we know of ourselves.

We are part of long lineage who has existed for thousands of years.  Some people believe that we came into this world with a clean slate.  It has now been scientifically proven that we don’t just inherit physical DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) but also Spiritual DNA which is our divinely embedded design for personal development, spiritual identity and function.  We are here to learn certain lessons, heal relationships, and grow spiritually.  After all, we have an eternal existence, we may as well make the best of it.

“What is there other than content?  That which enables the content to be—the inner space of consciousness.”
~ Eckhard Tolle (1948), author and spiritual teacher à A New Earth
 
Why do we only use 10 % or whatever small amount of the human brain?  We all know that we have greater potential.  Is it because we approach the discovery from the wrong angle?  Do we have to enter the formless realm of consciousness to come in contact with the universal intelligence? By connecting with that universal intelligence we become conscious participant of our lives and can realign ourselves with the wholeness of life.

"It is a myth that we only use 10% of our human brain."

You Are Worthy
As children of the creator, God, we are worthy and have the value of all of creation.  Because of the “Fall of Man,” Satan has claimed rights to accuse man and claim us partially.  When we are listening to the voice of Satan, the loud, nagging voice we get discouraged and disempowered.  God’s voice is the small voice, imperceptible and subtle, but none-the-less there, when we create awareness and discernment.

The greatest deficiency from knowing ourselves comes from our feeling of unworthiness. Know that without you God cannot be happy.

“‘Know Thyself’ was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, ‘Be Thyself’ shall be written.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish Poet and Writer

The belief that we are not good enough is a product of the fear based society, and seems to have become built into our physical existence.  If we can accept that we are worthy because of the truth within us and pursue its virtues with integrity, competence and humility a whole new world of possibility will open up for us.

“Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom.”
~ Tao Te Ching,  Laozi (6th Century) Chinese Philosopher

We are living now at a time when we can truly know ourselves.  Never before in all of human history have we had access to so many resources and teachings.  By living mindfully in the present moment, we can be truly alive because we are in direct contact with the Divine Creator, Infinite Intelligence, and our Heavenly Parent.

 

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Covered By Clouds

Covered by Clouds the sun is still there.  Just because it is a cloudy day we all know that the sun will come out again.  I think that is a good analogy for the existence of God.  It is the veil of ignorance that has clouded our understanding of the reality of our Heavenly Parents.

“There is a veil, a covering cast over all nations and all peoples of all nations.  When that veil shall be removed, there will be no more pain, nor weeping, no sighing, no disease, no suffering, no death.”
~ Isaiah 25:7-9






In many ways the sacred scriptures are introducing mankind to the process of ‘seeing’ the truth.  Mankind has now grown to a point where we all have to become aware of the reality of our own spirituality and life in realms of energy as well as in the world of mechanics.

“We must avoid the paralysis of hypersensitivity which will get nothing done because everything virtually offends somebody.”
~ Dr. Ben S. Carson  (American columnist and retired neurosurgeon)

Considering that we are living in the Age of Responsibility, nobody can force us to believe in God.  This freedom has put many of us on a road of exploration to find our own faith in all different directions.


“The mystery schools have long held and protected the ancient wisdom of the world.”
~ Know Thyself – Mystery School 

Throughout the ages mystery schools have transferred knowledge and wisdom which was often suppressed and rejected by the major religions. Some thought processes like atheism  developed denying the existence of a creator all together.  The schools of mysticism are more tolerant to new ideas and consider themselves agnostics.

“Atheists are forgetting the meaning of freedom -- Nonbelievers seek to impose their values by banning Bibles.”
~ Dr. Ben S. Carson
 
We Created Our Own God
Is it too much to assume that we created God in our own image?  With all of our shortcomings and the many wars and disasters going on in the world, we have to ask ourselves: who is responsible for it all?  It is part of our human nature to blame others for our own behaviors.  It is therefore only natural to conclude that God has the same fallen natures as man.  How else can we explain that people are fighting each other, killing, lying, and then accuse God?

“Men create their own suffering, their own sickness, and their own miseries.”
~ Michele Longo O'Donnell, The God That We've Created

None-the-less mankind’s ability to understand internal things has grown throughout human history.  Those who achieved a certain awareness recognize that there is only ONE Jesus and ONE Heavenly Parent, so why is there so much division in religions?

“Because the God in whom you believe isn’t real; the God in whom you believe is made up.  It is a God you created out of thin air, having nothing to do with Ultimate reality.”
~ Neil Donald Walsh,  Tomorrow’s God

Religion and Spirituality
“The new spirituality, the transformation of consciousness, is arising to a large extent outside of the structures of the existing institutionalized religious.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

There are numerous teachers today who can guide us into greater spiritual awareness.  Eckhart Tolle and Dr. Wayne Dyer are more recent coaches, while Neville Goddard (1905-1972) and Wallace D. Wattles (1860–1911) lived a while ago.  Here is a list of some modern day spiritual teachers.

“The more you make your thoughts (beliefs) into your identity, the more cut off you are from the spiritual dimension within yourself; many ‘religious’ people are stuck at that level.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Religion and Science
God is the UltimateScientist.

“Humanity, through religion, has followed the path of searching for internal truth, and through science, has followed the path of seeking external truth. Religion and science, each in their own spheres, have been the methods of searching for truth in order to conquer ignorance and attain knowledge.”
~ Divine Principle – Introduction

Mankind is hard wired to believe in God. Neuroscientists have found and measured chemical changes in the brain when a person is going through religious or spiritual experiences and keep coming back for more.

“In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too: to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment: to toe that line.”
~ Henry Thoreau,  (1817-1862) American Poet and Philosopher

Conclusion
We live in a world of cause and effect.  Even those who believe in the “big bang theory” have only a vague idea of how the universe began.

I personally like the ideas expressed in the teaching of the Divine Principle.  Since we are all resultant beings and live in a created universe there has to be an ultimate cause.  Looking at the creation we can learn about the nature of this supreme origin: it occurs in dualities of opposites (like internal and external, positive and negative); it exists in relationships (all creatures are interconnected and depending on each other’s survival), and above all this being is our parent.  This is where Jesus comes in to teach us about the love this Heavenly Parent has for us.  As the Messiah he came as the savior for all mankind to reconnect us to our original source.  In the Principle we also learn about the process through which mankind was separated from God and the history of restoration (salvation).

“Nature speaks in symbols and in signs.”
~ John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1897), American Quaker Poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery



This is a video giving an explanation of how people experience and learn about God.
 

The narrator gives four points of why people belief in God:

1.    Religious upbringing

2.    Conversion or personal religious experience

3.    Argument of Causation (law of cause and effect)

4.    Argument of Design (creation needs a creator—art needs an artist)

After looking outward for so long, it is time to look inward.  We are all in this search for awareness and spiritual growth. This is a great period to go deeper into the spiritual teachings and reconnect with our Heavenly Parent. Maybe the sun will shine for you too.

 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Heart of My Country


At Sunday service this Sunday, we sang the song: The Heart of My Country.  The words were by Hillie Edwards, an early Unification member.  The tune is an old English hymn.  Here are the words:

The Heart of my country beckons to me to fill its emptiness.
My Father long has spoken to me, His desire this land to bless.
He sends me on to life unknown, to work in a far off place.
He loves that land before I come, and through me He'll give it grace.

The truth is sought by ev'ryone in many a diff'rent way.
In darkness children seek the path that will hasten in the day.
Through struggles of the cent'ries long they have never ceased to fight
Our Father's will has kept them strong, and through Him they'll live in light

Now brothers, sisters all join hands to encircle all the earth.
The time has come for all mankind to know the world's rebirth.
Whatever we do, wherever we go, we are all in one embrace.
When we roll the clouds of dark away, we will see His shining face.

This song was very appropriate for the successful completion of the God’s Hope for America Tour.  We used to sing it a lot in the 1970’s during seminars and Sunday services.  It is even more suitable today, where some of us feel that we have lost the heart of our country.

This is the only nation in the world where people can worship freely, express their opinions and follow their dreams, disregarding their gender, religion, skin color, or social status.  Coming from another country (I am now a U.S. citizen) I cannot understand people who come over here and trying to implement the same laws and social status they have had in their country of origin.  If they liked that so much, they should have stayed over there.  This country is great because of its tradition of giving freedom and the pursuit of happiness to all its citizens.  It is our right based on the constitution.  For those who think that they have to change the constitution, they should go back to their home country or maybe check out North Korea.

I have also wondered why modern-day pastors and churches are so silent regarding political issues and why leaders are keeping their flock deliberately in the dark.
When I learned about a research done by the Barna Group that discovered that it has been decades since even a sizeable minority of pastors have bothered to educate and inform their congregations as to the Biblical principles relating to America’s political, cultural, and societal lives, I was truly amazed.  Why are religious leaders more interested in “being successful” as a congregation than serving their God?

Barna cites five reasons:
*Attendance
*Giving (money)
*Number of programs
*Number of staff
*Square footage (of facilities)

Barna believes that America’s malaise is directly due to the deliberate disobedience of America’s pastors--and the willingness of the Christians in the pews to tolerate the disobedience of their pastor. WOW.

For that I truly appreciated the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s teachings who always shared with us history and modern day situations from the providential point of view.  That’s why his teaching of God’s Hope for America and America is God’s Hope is still relevant for today.

If we take this country and its historical mission for granted and squander the blessings which God has bestowed upon this country, there is no other place to go to.  Let us rally together to bring God back into our churches, our schools, our government and above all into the hearts of all legal American residents.